Aug. 28, 2012
Saturday, Sept. 1 -- vs. Delaware (Phyllis Ocker Field), 2 p.m.
Live Stats | Camper Reunion, Cowboys Classic Gear Drawing
Sunday, Sept. 2 -- vs. Maine (Phyllis Ocker Field), 2 p.m.
Live Stats | Girl Scout Back to School Day, Post-Match Autographs, Facility Tour
The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (0-2) will open the home portion of its 2012 schedule when it hosts a pair of non-conference slates this weekend at Phyllis Ocker Field. The Wolverines will square off against Delaware at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 1) before returning to action against No. 22 Maine at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 2). The latter will be Michigan's third meeting against a ranked opponent in its opening four games.
Michigan will also host a pair of neutral-site contests as Central Michigan will travel south to face Delaware on Friday (Aug. 31) and Maine on Saturday; both games are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. starts.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Delaware -- The Blue Hens will enter the weekend with a 0-2 record after dropping overtime contests against Boston University (4-3, Aug. 24) and Albany (3-2, Aug. 26) -- the latter in a shootout -- at home last weekend. Freshman Michaela Patzner is Delaware's early scoring leader with two goals over the opening weekend, while three other Blue Hen players boast one goal apiece, including last season's leading scorer, Kelsey McKee. Delaware is led by second-year head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof, formally the head coach at Michigan State, who guided the Blue Hens to a 9-10 record last season. The Wolverines claimed the only previous meeting between the programs, a 2-1 decision on Sept. 8, 1995.
Maine -- The 22nd-ranked Black Bears are 0-2 on the season after falling to Boston College (4-1, Aug. 25) and Michigan State (3-1, Aug. 26) at home last weekend. Maine will host a midweek slate against Providence tonight (Aug. 28) before heading to Ann Arbor. Jessica Skillings and Cassidy Svetek, a pair of freshmen, own Maine's two season goals to date. Head coach Josette Babineau is in her sixth season; the Black Bears went 16-4 last season and advanced to the semifinals of the America East Championships. Michigan is 4-2 in the all-time series against Maine but lost the most-recent meeting, a 3-2 road loss on Sept. 2, 2010.
MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS:
Complete Stats: Through Aug. 26
Homecoming -- After opening this season with a pair of games on the road, Michigan returns to the friendly confines of Ann Arbor and Phyllis Ocker Field. The Wolverines own an impressive 122-42 record at their home facility since its 1995 inauguration. In home openers at Ocker Field, U-M is 10-7. Last season, six of the Wolverines' 10 home games were against ranked teams, including three ranked among the nation's top 10. U-M completed the home portion of its schedule with an 8-2 mark and five shutout victories, outscoring its opponents 28-12.
In Their Debut -- Eight Wolverine players made their collegiate debuts at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last weekend (Sat-Sun., Aug. 25-26). Sophomore/freshmen Lauren Kent (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos) and freshmen Taryn Mark (West Vancouver, B.C./West Vancouver Secondary), Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak HS) and Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) started both games for the Wolverines, while sophomore/freshmen Mackenzie Ellis (Madison, N.J./Madison HS) and freshmen Caroline Chromik (Yorktown, Va./Grafton HS), Jaime Dean (Marathon, N.Y./Whitney Point HS) and Aisling Naughton (Goatstown, Ireland/Mount Anville Secondary) also earned playing time, with Naughton starting in the season opener against North Carolina. Thomas notched her first collegiate point in her second appearance, assisting on U-M's lone goal vs. Wake Forest.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation -- Junior Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) and senior Liesl Morris (Lafayette, N.J./The Taft School) competed on the Midwest High Performance team at the 2012 U.S. Women's National Championships in June in College Park, Md. McCallister and Morris (along with volunteer coach Maren Langford) played in five games versus stellar competition, including players that represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics. [ Player Q&A ]
Captain's Log -- For the first time in program history, the U-M captaincy will be shared among student-athletes -- senior/junior Haley Jones, junior Rachael Mack, junior Ainsley McCallister and senior Liesl Morris.
Michigan Ranked 10th in Preseason Poll -- Michigan is ranked 10th in the 2012 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I preseason poll, announced Aug. 21. The Wolverines earned 426 points in the poll. Maryland earned the top spot in the preseason poll with 815 points and 17 first-place votes. It was followed by Saturday's opponent North Carolina, who had 799 points and 15 first-place votes. Old Dominion, Princeton and Duke round out the top five. Michigan is one of five Big Ten teams in the top 20, joining Penn State (No. 9), Iowa (No. 12), Ohio State (No. 15) and Northwestern (No. 20). Michigan also plays nine teams ranked in the preseason poll in 2012. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Calling the Shots -- Head coach Marcia Pankratz is in her 13th season as head coach of the Michigan field hockey team, compiling a 184-85 record, including a 57-25 Big Ten mark over her tenure. A five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year honoree, Pankratz has guided the Wolverines to seven Big Ten regular-season titles and four tournament crowns and, in 2001, led U-M to the NCAA title -- the first by a women's team in the history of Michigan athletics. During her tenure, Michigan had 17 different players combine for 26 All-America citations. U-M also claimed 12 Big Ten Player of the Year awards -- offensive, defensive and athlete -- and Wolverine players swept the yearly honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
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Friday, Sept. 7 -- at Albany (Albany, N.Y.), 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8 -- vs. Connecticut (Albany, N.Y.), 2 p.m.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423